The TikTok download page is seen on an iPhone. Analysts say that US President Trump’s forcing of a sale of TikTok’s US operations within 45 days is more likely to lead to chaos than to resolution. Photo: Getty Images
The TikTok download page is seen on an iPhone. Analysts say that US President Trump’s forcing of a sale of TikTok’s US operations within 45 days is more likely to lead to chaos than to resolution. Photo: Getty Images

Donald Trump’s move to force a sale of TikTok’s US operations puzzles analysts

  • Beside questions of legality, the US president’s order that a sale must occur by mid-September is more likely to lead to chaos than resolution, they say
  • Microsoft is in talks with ByteDance but ‘I just don't see that they are going to be able to pull this off,’ one lawyer says

The TikTok download page is seen on an iPhone. Analysts say that US President Trump’s forcing of a sale of TikTok’s US operations within 45 days is more likely to lead to chaos than to resolution. Photo: Getty Images
The TikTok download page is seen on an iPhone. Analysts say that US President Trump’s forcing of a sale of TikTok’s US operations within 45 days is more likely to lead to chaos than to resolution. Photo: Getty Images
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